Is that turkey a pumpkin?

Yes. I believe it is. Isn’t he cute? Our turkey-pumpkin resides beside our front door.

Last year’s Thanksgiving post entitled, “Gobble Gobble” was a confession. I admitted to the public that I’d love to try hunting a turkey. This year, I’m typing a different story. A story where the turkey comes out alive in the end. Look at that face…

It all began when my parents and I spent the weekend at my grandparents cottage a couple of weeks ago in Orillia, Ontario. Due to the poor weather – rain, cloudiness, breaks of sun – mom and I got slightly bored that Saturday afternoon. We decided to venture for some homemade blueberry or raspberry pie at the Orillia Farmers’ Market. Not only did we find a mini pie to satisfy my sweet tooth, but we found the below kit.

Inside was:

  • 5 wooden tail feathers in different Fall colours.
  • 1 wooden head, and neck painted with this cute, cartoon turkey face on it.
  • A yellow – my favourite colour – bandana.
  • All the wooden pieces had nails at the bottom that are meant to use as spikes to place into a pumpkin of your choosing.
  • Person selling it: An older looking – country-esk – couple who are the parents of a teenage daughter that painted these pieces of wood.

This craft was made for me. The hardest part was done. Though the pieces looked simple enough to make I wasn’t interested in getting dirty and making them myself, but I’m sure anyone that is handy when it comes to carving wood would be capable. However, it’s like I said. That face! That’s what really got me. For a cost of only $20.00 we supported a local family, we supported the Orillia Farmer’s Market, we took home a fun craft to do, and we bought an uncooked turkey. Though my mom and I thought it was fairly priced, considering we’d get years and years of enjoyment out of this, we decided to hide the price from my dad and brother. So shhhhhh!

1. We bought the above turkey-pumpkin kit.

2. We picked out and purchased our pumpkin from a local
pumpkin – growing – farm in King City, Ontario.

3. I assembled all the pieces.

4. I stuck each feather into the pumpkin, giving him a fanned tail.
Then I took the face and positioned it in front of the pumpkin stem in order to create a 3D turkey-pumpkin. 

5. Last, I tied the bandana around the neck of the wood face piece, which is shown in the image at the beginning of this post.

Is it sad that I get so much joy from looking at this little-guy on our front deck?
On second thought…don’t answer. If it is, I don’t care. This turkey-pumpkin is just too adorable and I love, love, love supporting local businesses when I can.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, enjoy the long weekend, and stuff your faces with both pumpkin pies and turkeys. Well, maybe not in that order.


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